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Santa Lucia Highlands Gala XII

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Mer Soleil Winery

1290 River Road

Salinas, CA 93908

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Join more than thirty stellar wineries pouring some of the world's best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah - all from the Santa Lucia Highlands at the 12th annual Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans Gala. For many of our artisan vintners, this is their one public tasting of the year.

Meet the winemakers and taste 90+ point limited-release gems from the likes of Caraccioli Cellars, Morgan, Kosta Browne, Siduri, Hahn, Belle Glos, Roar, and Pisoni. The setting is dramatic: Mer Soleil Winery, a venue not normally open to the public.

Enjoy gourmet bites from the region's best chefs and restaurants including Basil Carmel, Cal Stamenov from Bernardus Lodge, Tim Wood from Carmel Valley Ranch, Emanuele Bartolini from La Balena, Marich Chocolate, Monterey Plaza Hotel Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar, Aqua Terra Culinary, Chef Matt Bolton from The C Restaurant at Intercontinental The Clement Monterey, Chef Dyon Foster of Chef's Palette Spice Rubs, Tarpy’s Roadhouse, The Poke Lab, plus many more, and artisan food producers including Bar Cart, Dolly Cakes, Golden Bear Bitters, Moto Expresso, Schott Family Creamery, Star Market, Zio Brand Sausage and more.

Shop our rare, big bottle silent auction, enjoy live music by Soulfoot, and other surprises.

Early admission tickets secure entrance to a special advance Gala tasting and auction featuring guaranteed access to rare wines, library releases and new gems from all of our vintners.

SLH member wineries at this year's Gala include: August West, Belle Glos, Bernardus, Black Kite, Boekenoogen, Bruliam, Cima Collina, Hahn Family Wines, Hope & Grace, J. Lohr Highlands Bench, J. McFarland, Joyce, Kosta Browne, La Rochelle, Lucia, Luli, Mansfield - Dunne, Manzoni, McIntyre, Mer Soleil, Miner Family, Miura, Mooney, Morgan, Odonata, Pessagno, Pisoni, Puma Road, Roar, Sarah's Vineyard, Scheid, Siduri, Smith Family, Tantara, Testarossa, Tondre, Tudor, Windstream and Wrath.*

The Santa Lucia Highlands Gala always sells out - secure your tickets now for this special day in the Highlands.

Saturday, May 19th 2018

11 am - 3 pm Early Admission

12 pm - 3 pm. General Admission

*Must Be 21 or Over

*Winery participation subject to change

*No pets and no one under 21 years of age.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All attendees must be 21 years or older and be able to provide ID. No one is allowed entry without a ticket. Please, no children.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Transportation is available from the city of Monterey, Tickets are available here. We encourage you to utilize the Coach Shuttles from Monterey, or Taxi, Uber, Lyft etc. Parking is available on site.

What can I bring into the event?

No outside food or drink. No selfie sticks. Cameras are allowed.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email gwen@santaluciahighlands.org

What's the refund policy?

Tickets are refundable until 30 days prior to the event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, please bring your printed ticket with you.

Can I update my registration information?


Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

That's OK, as long as the person has a ticket and is over 21 years old.

Is there a designated driver pass available?

Yes! The designated driver ticket allows full Gala access from 12 to 3 pm, with the exception of wine sampling. Complimentary bottled waters and alternative beverages will be offered. Please email gwen@santaluciahighlands.com for details.

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Mer Soleil Winery

1290 River Road

Salinas, CA 93908

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